Signs of the Times

The Christian Science Monitor

["The Christ"—The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, U.S.A., Jan. 3, 1920]

Every reader of the Bible remembers the famous occasion, at Cæsarea Philippi, when Christ Jesus put to the disciples the question, staggering in its implication, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" and every one remembers equally well the indeterminate nature of the reply, "Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." The answer, in any case, made it perfectly clear that the "common people" had failed utterly to grasp the teaching of the Christ, and were accounting for the mighty works of the carpenter of Nazareth on a purely superstitious or necromantic basis, in accordance with much of the popular thought of the day. Then it was that Jesus turned suddenly to the disciples themselves, with the same question, "But whom say ye that I am?" a demand which brought from Peter the instantaneous answer, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."

October 9, 1920

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